As I stepped across the threshold, I was transported back in time to a decade filled with big hair, bright clothes, and MTV. I felt like Marty McFly, but instead of riding in a DeLorean along the space-time continuum, I had hopped into my Ford Escape and traveled to Denver to visit Fifty Two 80's; A Totally Awesome Shop.
I was there to drop off copies of, 100 Haiku for the 80s Generation. The owner, Tony Vecchio, agreed to sell the book at the store.
As a teenager in the 80s, I embraced everything that made this decade totally awesome. Mornings were spent curling every bit of my hair to achieve the perfect feathered style. A friend and I frequented the local convenient store to maintain our skills on Centipede, PacMan and Galaga. And I had a collection of cassette tapes with all my favorite music.
When I was 13, I attended my first concert at McNichols Arena in Denver (which is sadly no longer there) to see Journey. I became an instant fan and soon, obsessed with the group. I listened to their music constantly, read magazine articles about them, watched MTV with the hopes of seeing one of their videos and even joined the Journey fan club. My room became the Journey shrine (a term coined by my mother). Every bit of wall space was covered with posters, signs and anything related to the group. I still have a lot of the stuff. I can’t seem to part with it.
The minute I walked into Fifty Two 80's, I knew I was in 80s heaven.
Memorabilia from my high school days lined the shelves and walls. With each step a new memory surfaced and made me smile. Our book was a perfect fit and I was thrilled to have it available for 80s fans alongside so many awesome items.
Tony’s warm smile and friendly demeanor welcomed anyone who entered the store. After talking with him for only a few minutes, it was clear he is passionate about 80s pop culture and about his role in keeping this decade alive.
It warms my heart knowing 100 Haiku for the 80s Generation has found the perfect home at Fifty Two 80's; A Totally Awesome Shop!